The following bibliography was carefully compiled between 2005 and 2007 by the founding Board members of the ACC/CCA.

In 2011, Sherry Farrell Racette received a SSHRC/CRSH grant to research an extensive contemporary Aboriginal art history project in partnership with the ACC/CCA. Since that time, the ACC/CCA has partnered with the Aboriginal Art History Archive Project (Sherry Farrell Racette, University of Manitoba) and Concordia University (Heather Igloliorte) to create a categorized, searchable online bibliographic database focused on the contributions of Indigenous scholars.  In creating the expanded list of bibliographic references on First Nations, Métis and Inuit art, the ACC/CCA aims to offer a wide range of resources for those researching contemporary Aboriginal visual art. The new bibliography includes references to mainstream publications, master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, brochures, catalogues, and other relevant sources of information concerning Aboriginal Art History, highlighting the works of Aboriginal curators and writers who contribute their distinct voice to the discourse of contemporary art.

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If you have conducted research in the Indigenous arts and have bibliographic material to share, or if you are an Indigenous artist, curator or scholar and would like your publications included in this list, please send your complete references to Consistent formatting and suggestions for keywords are NOT required (but welcome).

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Total Records Found: 565, showing 100 per page
Author(s) NamesTitle
Robinson, Donald C Norval Morrisseau: Honouring First Nations
Robinson, Paul C.H. Norval Morrisseau: The Spirit Within
Roessel, Robert A. Navajo Arts and Crafts
Roosevelt, Anna Curtenius and James GE Sivith The Ancestors: Native Artisans of The Americas
Rushing, W. Jackson Native American Art and the New York Avant-garde: A History of Cultural Primitivism
Rushing, W. Jackson, ed. Native American Art in the Twentieth Century
Ryan, Allan J. I Enjoy Being A Mohawk Girl: The Cool and Comic Character of Shelley Niro’s Photography
Ryan, Allan J. The Classical Aboriginal Series: Jim Logan
Ryan, Allan J. The Trickster Shift – Humour And Irony In Contemporary Native Art
Salomon, Julian Harris The Book of Indian Crafts & Indian Lore
Schaafsma, Polly Indian Rock Art of the Southwest
Seton, Julia M. American Indian Arts, a Way of Life
Shebageget, Frank Friend of Beavers, Foe of Evil, Mary Anne Barkhouse
Shebageget, Frank Thought Patterns: Hannah Claus
Shebageget, Frank Riding Lines: Nadia Myre
Simpson, Audra Renewal: Greg Staats
Simpson, Audra The Empire Laughs Back: Tradition, Power, and Play in the Works of Shelley Niro and Ryan Rice
Six Nations Indian Museum Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World, The Tracking Project
Stambrau, Doris and Sylvia Kasprycki Iroquois – Irokesen Art: Visual Expressions Of Contemporary Native American Artists
Steward, Hilary Indian Artifacts of the Northwest Coast
Steward, Hilary Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians
Sweet, Jill D. with Ian Berry Staging The Indian: the Politics of Representation
Swiss Institute Red River Crossings
Tamplin, Illi-Maria A Selection Of Work: Contemporary Indian Art – The Trail From The Past To The Future
Tan, Bridget Tracy Inspirit Crossing: The Making of First Nations and Inuit Art
Tanner, Clara Lee Southwest Indian Craft Arts
Tétreault, Pierre-Leon Rencontre Du Nouveau-Monde – Volet Art Amérindien Contemporain
Tétreault, Pierre-Léon and Dana Alan Williams New Territories 350/500 Years After/Nouveau Territoires – 350/500 Ans Apres
Thom, Ian and Nancy Kirkpatrick Beyond History
Thomas, Catherine The Edge of Everything: Reflections on Curatorial Practice
Thomas, Jeff Out of Cold Storage
Thomas, Jeff Scouting for Indians
Thomas, Jeff Jeff Thomas: A Study of Indian-ness
Thomas, Jeff Where Are The Children: Healing The Legacy of Residential Schools
Thomas, Jeff Articulating the Vanishing Indian
Thomas, Jeff Making the Invisible Visible
Thomas, Jeff Luminance – Aboriginal Photographic Portraits
Thomas, Jeff Pride and Dignity Returning the Gaze: Edward Curtis
Thomas, Rodney Cross Fire: New Works by David Hannan
Tiger, Peggy and Molly Babcock The Life and Art of Jerome Tiger: War to Peace, Death to Life
Touchette, Charlene NDN Art: Contemporary Native American Art
Trevelyan, Amelia and Henry, Victoria Why Do You Call Us Indians?
Tucker, Marcia Who’s On First?
Valskakis, Gail Guthrie Indian Country: Essays on Contemporary Native Culture
Valskakis, Gail Guthrie Blood Borders: Being Indian and Belonging
Vickers, Roy Henry and Dave Bouchard The Elders Are Watching
Vogel, M.L. Vanessa Spirits Speaking Through: Native American Art And Artists
Wade, Edwin L., ed. The Arts of the North American Indian: Native Tradition in Evolution
Walker Art Center American Indian Art: Form and Tradition
Walker Art Center American Indian Art: Form and Tradition
Wallis, Brian, ed. Art Matters: How the Culture Wars Changed America
Walsh, Andrea Lichen
Wardwell, Allen Objects of Bright Pride: Northwest Coast Indian Art from the American Museum of Natural History
Washburn, Dorothy K., Robert Sayers, eds. The Elkus Collection: Southwestern Indian Art
West, Cornel The New Cultural Politics of Difference
Wight, Darlene Coward, Robert Enright, Jean Blodgett, Patricia E. Bove The Faye And Bert Settler Collection
Wiginton, Colin Dancing Through Time – Zhiibaayaa-Niimidwin
Williams, Dana Canada’s First People: A Celebration Of Contemporary Native Visual Arts
Winch, Terenance All Roads Are Good: Native Voices On Life And Culture
Wyatt, Gary Hands Of Creation: An Exhibition Of Northwest Coast Native Art
Wyatt, Gary Spirit Faces – An Exhibition Of Contemporary Masks Of The Northwest Coast
Young Man, Alfred North American Indian Art: It’s A Question Of Integrity
Young Man, Alfred and Bob Boyer Kiskayetum: Allen Sapp A Retrospective Une Rétrospective
Young, Shelagh Tamplin Carl Beam: The Columbus Project Phase 1
Zepp, Norman et al. Horses Fly Too: Bob Boyer / Edward Poitras

ACC Bibliographic References (2007 list)

In collecting an extensive (but not exhaustive) list of bibliographic references on First Nations, Métis and Inuit art, the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective aims to offer a wide range of resources for those researching contemporary Indigenous visual art. The bibliography includes mainstream publications as well as master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, brochures, and catalogues. The ACC’s bibliographic reference acknowledges and highlights the works of Aboriginal curators and writers who contribute their distinct voice to the discourse of contemporary art.

The list was developed to be used as a resource tool, as well as the first step towards initiating an archive that will lead to the ACC becoming a repository for such works. There are a number of bibliographic lists compiled and published that include Lawrence Abbott’s Contemporary Native Art I and II: A Bibliography in American Indian Quarterly Vol. 29 # 3 and 4, and Janet Berlo and Ruth Phillips include one in their publication Native North American Art (Oxford History of Art) 1999. Inuit Art has several extensive bibliographies published by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (1992) and the most recent Richard and Susan Crandall’s An Annotated Bibliography of Inuit Art (2001). For this specific reason, the list referencing Inuit Art will begin in 2002 on.

The intent of the ACC is not to duplicate or replace other services, but to give support to students, curators, artists, researchers, art historians and the general public in the course of researching and accessing information. Many libraries, museums, galleries, cultural centres as well as bookstores have on-line databases to check the availability of the publication. Some significant places to access these publications as well as “artist files” include university libraries, Artexte, Indian and Inuit Art Centres (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada), the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Atlatl, the National Gallery Of Canada, and the Heard Museum ( among others.

The ACC would like to thank all those who contributed their personal bibliographies, and we would like to encourage all those in the field to submit their recent work to the list so that the ACC bibliography on Aboriginal art will grow and continue to remain relevant.

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